Saturday 6 April 2019

The Maremma Wines From Mazzei

Mazzei is probably more known for its family estate of Fonterutoli but they also makes fine wines from Maremma, from an estate they bought in 1997. I was invited by The Wine Agency to meet Francesco Mazzei and taste these wines at AG.

2016 Codice V
100% Vermentino, a grape that gets more and mote attention in Maremma, according to Francesco. I really like the Vermention´s from Liguria, so lets check this Maremma variant out.
The nose is ripe and fine with notes of dried lemon peel, elderberries and gravel. A tad anonymous but also delicate.
The taste is fresh and fine with notes of a dried up lemon pie, gravel, grass and yellow flowers. More interesting on the palate. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2019/04)

2016 Tirrenico
I really liked the 2015 a couple of months ago and the 16 shows the same loveable treats in the shape of a open, spicy nose with a finely tuned black currant/cherry fruit and a fine acidity in the long, juicy taste. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years. Again, a real bargain for 16 Euro.
90p   (tasted 2019/04)

2015 Tenuta Belguardo  (magnum)
The Belguardo is a blend of (approx) 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The 2015 displays a deep, seedy nose with notes of ripe blueberries and black currants alongside bakelite and ink. A fine young ripeness.
The taste is warm and spicy with notes of dried up black currant jam, warm tiles and tobacco. Needs a couple of years in the cellar but my hunch is that it will turn out a riper, fine version of the 13 in, say 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/04)

2013 Tenuta Belguardo  (magnum)
A high, intense nose with lots of sweet/sour cherries, black currant leaves, sandel wood and expensive tobacco. In all, a handsome, refined Cabernet.
The taste is structured and racy with notes of black currants, road dust, tobacco and iron. Very fine polished tannins. This is very fine.
93p   (tasted 2019/04)

2010 Tenuta Belguardo  (magnum)
At first a bit subdued but it quickly grew in the glass with notes of un warm earth, ripe black currants, bakelite and furniture polish. Very, very good.
The taste is finely built with a core of black currants with additional notes of bakelite, dried dark flowers, earth and ink. Long and fine. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/04)

2008 Tenuta Belguardo  (magnum)
The 08 shows of a mature, round nose with notes of herbs, dried black currants, road dust and cigarette ash. A tad dried out but is has a fine warmth.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of dried blueberries, gravel, bakelite and herbs. A warm, dusty finish. Long. Very good but bottle like this should be drunk sooner than later.
87p   (tasted 2019/04)

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